University Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes

FOUNDATIONS — 5 Components — 16 Student Learning Outcomes           

Discernment and Discourse
1. Students will state and defend a thesis with adequate attention to analysis and evidence.
2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of essay and paragraph development an organization.
3. Students will craft sentences with attention to audience, purpose, and tone, as well as sentence variety and diction.
4. Students will demonstrate proper use of grammatically and mechanically correct English.
5. Students will incorporate and document sources correctly and appropriately.

Quantitative Foundation
1. Students will be able to solve problems using algebraic, geometric, calculus, statistical and/or computational methods.
2. Students will be able to interpret and/or draw inferences from mathematical models, data, graphs or formulas.

Ways of Knowing
1. Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of more than one disciplinary practice.
2. Students will be able to explain how bringing more than one practice to an examination of the course topic contributes to knowing about that topic.

Personal Responsibility and Wellness PRW I: Choices
1. Students will be able to identify principles of effective personal financial management.
2. Students will be able to identify their stressors and effective stress reduction methods.
3. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between lifestyle choices and wellness.
4. Students will be able to identify the value and significance of integrity.
5. Students will be able to identify academic and personal support services on campus.

Personal Responsibility and Wellness PRW II: Physical Fitness
1. Students will be able to identify and explain the five components of health-related fitness.
2. Students will be able to develop and implement their personal plan to promote and maintain health-related fitness

PILLARS — 10 Components — 20 Student Learning Outcomes

Pure and Applied Sciences Level 1
1. Students will be able to demonstrate basic facility with the methods and approaches of scientific inquiry and problem solving.
2. Students will be able to explain how the concepts and findings of science or technology in general, or of particular sciences or technologies, shape our world. (Level 1 and 2)

Pure and Applied Sciences Level 2
1. Students will be able to explain how the concepts and findings of science or technology in general, or of particular sciences or technologies, shape our world. (Level 1 and 2)
2. Students will be able to select and apply appropriate techniques, skills, and modern tools to science or technology activities.

Individuals, Institutions and Cultures Level 1
1. Students will be able to identify the types of interactions and influences that arise between or among individual, social, cultural, political, or economic experiences.
2. Students will be able to summarize basic empirical phenomena in the study of individual, social, cultural, political, or economic experiences.

Individuals, Institutions and Cultures Level 2
1. Students will be able to analyze different theoretical or interpretive perspectives in the study of individual, social, cultural, political, or economic experiences.
2. Students will be able to evaluate critically the research outcomes and theoretical applications in the study of individual, social, cultural, political, or economic experiences.

Historical Contexts Level 1
1. Students will be able to identify the main events, actors, and evidence involved in a defined historical period.
2. Students will be able to summarize in their own prose the major changes that took place over time in a defined historical period.

Historical Contexts Level 2
1. Students will be able to analyze both secondary and primary historical evidence.
2. Students will be able to develop and support extended historical discussions in their own prose, based both on critical understanding of specific historical problems and on evaluation of secondary and primary evidence.

Creativity and Aesthetics Level 1
1. Students will be able to identify methods, techniques, or languages of a particular art form, creative endeavor or craft(s) and explain how those inform the creation, performance or analysis of creative work.
2. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of concepts fundamental to the creative impulse through analysis, performance, or creation.

Creativity and Aesthetics Level 2
1. Students will be able to analyze and construct clear and well-supported interpretations of creative works.
2. Pick one from below that best fits the context of the class:
a. Students will be able to evaluate sources and analyze the role and value of creative works to the cultures (context) that create and adopt them.
b. Students will be able to articulate and discuss the ways in which creative works reflect values and modes of thought (or ways of knowing) of individuals and cultures.
c. Students will be able to articulate and discuss the ways in which creative works provide opportunities to transform cultures and individuals, including themselves.

Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics Level 1
1. Students will be able to describe and explain some of the general features and principal theoretical methods of one of the fields of philosophy, religious studies, or ethics.

Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics Level 2
1. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on or apply the theoretical methods of, one of the fields of philosophy, religious studies, or ethics via a focus on a specific area or set of issues.

PROFICIENCIES AND EXPERIENCES — 8 Components — 41 Student Learning Outcomes

Writing
1. Students will state and defend a thesis with adequate attention to analysis and evidence.
2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of essay and paragraph development and organization.
3. Students will craft sentences with attention to audience, purpose, and tone, as well as sentence variety and diction.
4. Students will demonstrate proper use of grammatically and mechanically correct English (or the language in which the course is taught)

Quantitative Reasoning (Choose at least 3 of the following)
1. Students will be able to develop quantitative models as related to the course subject matter.
2. Students will be able to assess the strengths and limitations of quantitative models and methods.
3. Students will be able to apply symbolic systems of representation.
4. Students will be able to collect, organize and analyze data from a variety of sources.
5. Students will be able to formulate structured and logical arguments.
6. Students will be able to test hypotheses and make recommendations or predictions based on results.
7. Students will be able to communicate and represent quantitative information or results numerically, symbolically, aurally, visually, verbally, or in writing.

Information Literacy
1. Students will be able to select and use the appropriate research methods and search tools for needed information.
2. Students will be able to evaluate sources for quality of information for a given information need.

Oral Communication
1. Students will be able to select and use appropriate forms of evidence in a public presentation.
2. Students will be able to design verbal messages to suit particular audiences and purposes.
3. Students will be able to use visual cues (such as presentation software, staging, props, costumes, makeup, and gesture) to enhance a public presentation.

Community Engagement
1. Students will be able to demonstrate analytical and practical skills necessary for engaged, informed citizenship through addressing specific needs in a community.
2. Students will be able to apply academic learning to a community engagement activity.

Human Diversity
1. With respect to issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, or societies in the developing world, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical, cultural, social, or political conditions of identity formation and function in human society, including the ways in which these conditions influence individual or group status, treatment, or accomplishments.

Global Engagement
1. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the material culture, underlying values, beliefs, or practices that are central to the culture(s) being visited or studied.

Second Language ALL WLL languages except Latin
SECOND SEMESTER
1. Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand simple, sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, using familiar vocabulary and structures.
2. Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand short, non-complex texts that convey basic information using familiar vocabulary and structures.
3. Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to express themselves in uncomplicated communicative situations related to familiar topics by responding to direct questions or requests for information, with responses typically consisting of short statements and discrete sentences.
4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to write short, simple communications and requests for information in loosely connected texts framed in present time, with some references to other time frames.

THIRD SEMESTER
1. Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand simple sentence-length speech on familiar topics. They can understand the main facts of short non-complex narrative and descriptive speech using familiar vocabulary and structures.
2. Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand short, non-complex texts that convey basic information and deal with familiar topics. They can understand the main facts of short narrative and descriptive texts using familiar vocabulary and structures.
3. Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to interact effectively in straightforward, concrete conversational situations, for example, by responding to direct questions or requests for information.
4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to communicate simple facts and ideas in a series of loosely connected sentences on familiar topics, primarily in present time, with some references to other time frames.

FOURTH SEMESTER
1. Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand the main facts and some supporting details of short narrative and descriptive speech on familiar topics.
2. Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand the main facts and some supporting details of short narrative and descriptive texts on familiar topics.
3. Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to converse effectively when dealing with familiar tasks and social situations. They can narrate and describe in a variety of time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length.
4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to narrate and describe in a variety of time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length.

Second Language Latin ONLY
SECOND SEMESTER
Reading:
1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand short passages of adapted Latin text with familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.
2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify basic noun usage and verb aspects in context of adapted Latin text.

Writing:
1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin forms and phrases as directed.

THIRD SEMESTER
Reading:
1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand short passages of adapted and authentic Latin text using familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.
2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify noun usage, verb aspects and syntax in context of adapted and authentic Latin text.
Writing
1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin words or phrases in response to simple Latin questions.

FOURTH SEMESTER
Reading:
1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand passages of authentic Latin text, both prose and poetry, with familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.
2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify noun usage, verb aspects and syntax in context of authentic Latin text.

Writing;
1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin words or phrases in response to Latin questions.

CAPSTONE — 1 Component — 2 Student Learning Outcomes

Capstone
1. Students will be able to apply a cumulative understanding of interdisciplinary/disciplinary practice.
2. Students will be able to produce a record or artifact showing some original achievement in research, synthesis, creative endeavor, exploration, or other production.

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